Continuing on in the Latin 45 series, Mr. Bongo once again comes correct with two sevens that knock like a bill collector. Number nine features the fantastic percussion of Colombian musician Julio Ernesto “Fruko” Estrada. In the same league with a heavy hitter like Tito Puente, he would form the group Fruko y sus Tesos in 1970 and go on to release a grip of singles and records on Disco Fuentes. Both sides are hot butter. The A, “El Preso”, is a latin banger with heavy percussion that will have people out of their seats and moving. The flip, “Bang Bang (El Tiroteo)” is a psychedelic cover of the mambo classic by the New Swing Sextet originally on Cotique Records. For us, this is the winner here. Give us a psychedelic latin tune every time, and the reissue of this tune nails it. We are loving the vibes throughout. Top notch.
Number ten is a split seven and is closely related to number nine. Produced by Fruko, The Afrosound’s “Fiebre en la Jungla” is a cover of the Chakaras tune, complete with extra erotic vocals. This tune was never available on any of their LPs, and is a highly sought after Latin Disco track. It’s like the Berlin “Sex” of the time, but even more sexed up. The flip, Wganda Kenya’s “Tipit Heyd” is Cumbia fuego from the first note. This track has strong Colombian influences and straddles a bit of psychedelic goodness throughout. The star here is the percussion, which will have you moving all night long. Let’s not forget the organ that drives it to the end. Another super rare Cumbia 45 that never made it to a full length, it’s yours courtesy of Mr. Bongo. As this series gets deeper and deeper, these tracks are an incredible reminder of just how much great music is out there and being discovered by guys like Dave to share with the rest of the vinyl community. Check out all of the tracks below. A volcano of Latin heat, these two records contain four sides of lava that fit perfectly into your seven inch case and set. Enjoy.
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